Today’s guest post is by Linda Bunnell, who made this life-like paper mache mushroom. She shows us how she made it and the product she used to make her mushroom weatherproof so it could stay outside.
I haven’t seen anyone using this product before, and I haven’t tested it myself, but it certainly opens up some exciting opportunities for experiments.
Thanks, Linda, for sharing this article with us!
How I Made My Waterproof Paper Mache Mushroom
©2017 Linda Bunnell
Here are the steps by which I made my mushroom.
- 9 1/2″ plastic plate I bought at a thrift store, (you could also use a plastic bowl of the size you choose)
- water bottle , (you could substitute a Pringles can ,etc)
- plaster cloth
- masking tape
- paper pulp
- Rust-Oleum LeakSeal
- Acrylic paint
Mix water & plaster & fill the bottle 1/3 – 1/2 full. Set aside to dry.
Wad up newspaper & tape to your plate until you get the desired shape of your mushroom cap , be sure to make a roll over the edge of the plate for the bottom edge of your cap.
Next cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside of cap ( note black lines in photo). Find the center of your cardboard & cut a X to fit the plastic bottle & insert it cap first & tape & hot glue securely.
Cut strips of plaster cloth & wrap the bottle
Cover your mushroom & stem with paper mache (strips or pulp). Let dry completely. This may take a while. Don’t forget to make your gills under the cap. [Note from Jonni – you could also use paper mache clay, or find a recipe for paper pulp here.]
Step 6 (optional):
At this point you can coat your mushroom with a thin coat of Patch if you like a very smooth look. Let dry.
After drying, spray with water sealer & let dry. You may coat it 2-3 times letting dry completely each time & making sure you get in all the cracks and crevices.
Now you are ready for painting. Use acrylic paint, a variation of near the same color , dark , medium & light. I chose Asphaltum brown, Raw Sienna & Buttermilk. I also used Antiquing gel & blending gel.
After painting spray a couple coats of a clear sealer.
Hope you have enjoyed this post. Please let me know how you did. Would love to hear from you.
Thanks , Linda 🙂
PS: I’m happy to say that my mushroom has been outside since I made it last year. It has gone through Fl summers & winters & is still in great shape. Still looks like I just made it.